Many questions are surrounding COVID-19 guidelines in San Francisco. Here are some answers to the most typical questions.
Q: What is San Francisco’s reopening plan?
San Francisco follows the reopening rules set by the state. In August 2020, California began using a county-by-county monitoring and reopening system. The programming takes into account the infection rate of each county to set weekly restrictions when necessary. San Francisco has minimal community transmission, and most indoor businesses are open with some restrictions.
Q: Is it mandatory to wear a mask in San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Masks are mandatory throughout San Francisco. All face coverings should go over the nose and face for the best results.
Even if you’re outside, you should wear masks while waiting to be seated at outdoor dining locations and in any other lines. Additional situations include:
- Shopping at retail locations
- During hair cuts and nail services
- At fitness facilities
- In any waiting room
- On public transportation
- At work locations
- When entering another person’s home
You should also wear it in all public common areas, even if you’re alone, including:
- Parking lots
- Break rooms
Q: Are restaurants open in San Francisco?
Yes! All indoor and outdoor eating establishments in San Francisco are open at 50% capacity. Patrons should still wear a mask when not eating or drinking, and staff must wear them at all times. Service providers should extend their cleaning and sanitizing process to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Are gyms open in San Francisco?
Yes! Gyms, saunas, spas, steam rooms, and other fitness facilities are open at 50% capacity. Members should continue to wear a mask indoors, maintain social distancing rules, and regularly clean the equipment between uses.
Q: What businesses and services are open in San Francisco?
All businesses and services are open in San Francisco with limited capacity except for bars. Locations that sell alcohol and food can hope at 50% capacity with other restaurants. Employees and customers should wear a face covering at all times to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Business owners must implement rigid cleaning and sanitizing plans to help keep transmission levels low.
Q: What does San Francisco define as “essential business” during COVID?
San Francisco considers many businesses essential and allowed to operate during the pandemic. Examples of what San Francisco deems essential includes
- Appliance and cell phone repair locations
- Auto repair services
- Banks and financial institutions
- Bicycle repair shops
- Convenience stores
- Health care services, including pharmacies
- Dry cleaners and Laundromats
- Farmers’ markets
- Food banks
- Gas stations
- Grocery stores
- Medical supply retailers
- Moving companies
Q: Are large gatherings allowed in San Francisco?
Gatherings for up to 200 people are allowed without food or drinks. Shouting, chanting, singing, and playing a wind or brass instruments is prohibited. They limit events to two hours. In situations with drinking and eating, parties should be kept to six people maximum from three different households.
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